Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Continuing Education: Personal Enrichment

Whether it is pursuing a lifelong hobby, or a career opportunity, personal enrichment offers everything from cake decorating to small engine repair.

The personal enrichment area of the continuing education department at Vol State can be a good starting point.

“A lot of people don’t even know that we offer non-credit courses,” said Lisa Haley, director of non credit instruction. “I think there are a lot of classes that the community doesn’t know we offer.”

Haley said that classes such as flower arranging and interior decorating classes may give students the foundation skills they need to utilize those skills.

“We had a student that took the cake decorating class, and ended up opening a cake decorating business,” said Haley.

Vern Scurlark, instructor of the current cake decorating class, is the owner of It’s a Piece of Cake Bakery in Nashville.

“I’m a hands-on instructor,” said Scurlark. “I’m good at what I do. It’s a passion, and that’s why it doesn’t seem like a lot of work to me.”

Scurlark said for classroom purposes, he allows the students to decide if they want to use a box, or bake a cake from scratch for the final project. He said he loves to see the progress that his students make from the beginning of class to the end, and seeing how proud the students are of their accomplishments.

Those interested in taking a personal enrichment course should contact Lisa Haley at 230-3360.

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